Friday, December 07, 2007
FEAST, IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
FEAST, IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
GENESIS 3:9-15, 20
After the man, Adam, had eaten of the tree, the LORD God called to
the man and asked him, "Where are you?" He answered, "I heard you in
the garden; but I was afraid, because I was naked, so I hid myself."
Then he asked, "Who told you that you were naked? You have eaten,
then, from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat!" The man
replied, "The woman whom you put here with me-- she gave me fruit from
the tree, and so I ate it." The LORD God then asked the woman, "Why
did you do such a thing?" The woman answered, "The serpent tricked me
into it, so I ate it." Then the LORD God said to the
serpent: "Because you have done this, you shall be banned from all
the animals and from all the wild creatures; on your belly shall you
crawl, and dirt shall you eat all the days of your life. I will put
enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and
hers; he will strike at your head, while you strike at his heel."
The man called his wife Eve, because she became the mother of all the
EPHESIANS 1:3-6, 11-12
Brothers and sisters: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in
the heavens, as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the
world, to be holy and without blemish before him. In love he
destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ, in accord
with the favor of his will, for the praise of the glory of his grace
that he granted us in the beloved. In him we were also chosen,
destined in accord with the purpose of the One who accomplishes all
things according to the intention of his will, so that we might exist
for the praise of his glory, we who first hoped in Christ.
The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called
Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house
of David, and the virgin's name was Mary. And coming to her, he
said, "Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you." But she was
greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting
this might be. Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your
womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great
and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give
him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house
of Jacob forever, and of his Kingdom there will be no end." But Mary
said to the angel, "How can this be, since I have no relations with a
man?" And the angel said to her in reply, "The Holy Spirit will come
upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God.
And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her
old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren;
for nothing will be impossible for God." Mary said, "Behold, I am the
handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word."
Then the angel departed from her.
Belief in the Immaculate Conception is as old as Christianity itself,
and is also in perfect agreement with the teaching of the Scripture.
For example, take today's first reading. There, God says to
Satan, "I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your
offspring and hers." Christians have universally held that the woman
referred to is ultimately Mary, and that the offspring is ultimately
When you think of it, it's only fitting that God should protect Mary
from sin. After all, she would be the mother of Jesus, the Son of
God. And isn't it fitting that the Son of God should be born of a
That's why Mary is the only one of her kind in all humanity. She is
not only beautiful outside but more so inside. She is all that beauty
is supposed to be. Mother Mary seems so meek, soft, and quiet yet
brave, courageous, and contented. She is content to obey God's
will. For her, that's all that matters. She asked for nothing in
return, but God gave her everything, including the motherhood of the
Messiah. Let Mary be our source of joy. Hail Mary, so full of grace!
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
... for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of Epifania Ylaya
... for the personal intentions of Jesus L. Ventura
... for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Domingo Barayoga Sr. and Lourdes Barayoga
- Donald Wilson
Eternal rest grant unto them and may perpetual light shine upon them.
May they and all the dearly departed rest in peace.
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Business Blessing: Anna Pashmina
- Birthday: Acero Ambrosio Tan Chew
- Prayer Intention: Redemptoris Mater Missionary Seminary -1996
- In Memoriam (+): Chua Chen
... for world peace and reconciliation.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our
prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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